Classic Sitcoms From The 1980s That Still Make Us Laugh

By Sophia Maddox | May 3, 2024

Square Pegs

The 1980s provided homes all around the globe with some of the most memorable TV sitcoms in history. These timeless shows not only brought laughter into living rooms but also left an indelible mark on pop culture. If you doubt the impact that many '80s sitcoms continue to have on the world around you, consider how many times you hear a retro theme song used in a modern commercial, how many reboots and spinoffs you see today, and how often you hear people quoting signature catchphrases.

Family dynamics and workplace escapades took center stage in '80s sitcoms. Meanwhile, the characters became our extended family, and their catchphrases echoed in our daily conversations. Let's take a trip down memory lane as we revisit some of the standout '80s sitcoms that have left an enduring legacy, proving that laughter truly knows no expiration date.

 

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“Square Pegs” didn’t have the longevity that some of the other shows on this list enjoyed, but this short-lived series left an indelible mark on viewers, thanks largely to its humorous approach to the trials and tribulations of high school life. Created by Anne Beats, the show focused on Weemawee High School, particularly the two students in this image, Patty Greene and Lauren Hutchinson. Of course, Patty Greene was played by a young Sarah Jessica Parker, who went on to make her mark in countless movies and TV shows, most notably, “Sex and the City.”

There had certainly been shows about high school before, but “Square Pegs” took a fresh approach by ditching many of the traditional high school stereotypes that other shows embraced. That’s why the show’s quirky humor made it a hit with fans. While the show only aired on CBS for the 1982-83 season, it remains a nostalgic source of joy for millions.

The Golden Girls

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Premiering in 1985, it is another example of a show that has stood the test of time. The refreshing blend of humor, heart, and lasting friendship continues to offer a source of joy for people all around the world. The show revolved around a stellar cast that included Bea Arthur (Dorothy), Betty White (Rose), Estelle Getty (Sophia), and Rue McClanahan (Blanche), who played four older ladies who, through a variety of reasons, found themselves single and sharing a roof.



 

In addition to being comedy gold, “The Golden Girls” also tackled some major societal issues that continue to be prevalent in our modern world, nearly 40 years after its debut. Whether it was Rose’s AIDS scare, Blanche grappling with her own unrecognized homophobia, or the underlying theme of ageism, “The Golden Girls” makes you want to look at someone you love and thank them for being a friend.